Category Archives: English Language

Films produced in the English language

Roger and Me

film stillIf you don’t know Michael Moore, who’s the director of Roger and Me, the film will tell you, I don’t have to do that. He’ll introduce himself, he’ll show you baby pictures and everything. He does all that in the film and that’s great, so I don’t have to actually introduce him. Continue reading


When Compliance debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and during its press screenings, some people walked out not far into the story.  One viewer is reported to have yelled while exiting, “Oh, give me a [bleeping] break!”  I, too, was ready to abandon the film because it seemed exploitative and contrived.  But, I happened to recall the screen-filling opening message that said,  “Based on true events.”  As films with that message have become common over the past decade, such messages may have lost their punch, which might explain the walkouts.  But do take heed of that notice, for knowing beforehand that the events really happened might help temper the incredulity the film evokes.  Or, it might work to heighten our disbelief, for if you avoid walking out, you are still likely to squirm.  “How could they have done this?” we will undoubtedly ask. Continue reading

Our Daily Bread

film stillIn 1932 King Vidor decided to make a film “inspired by the headlines of today.”  Many of those headlines described plant closings (idling 40% of industrial capacity and throwing  millions of men and women out of work); farm foreclosures  (ejecting millions of farm families from the land and reducing agricultural production); militant strikes involving increasing numbers of California agricultural workers; the veterans’ Bonus Army in Washington D.C. (camped near the Capitol and dispersed by  Douglas MacArthur’s troops);  FDR’s first campaign and election. Continue reading

Salt Of the Earth

film stillSpeaking to their 1953 convention, Screenwriter Michael Wilson invited members of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers to think back over the movies they had seen since World War II:

“Can you recall one Hollywood film that deals with the life of a trade union?
Can you recall one that dealt honestly with the problems of a working man or
woman?  …Or take the case of the Spanish-speaking people of the Southwest…
Can you recall any picture that has dealt honestly with their lives and traditions
and aspirations? Merely to ask this question is to answer it.” Continue reading

Made in Dagenham

film stillTonight’s film is based on an actual strike that took place in 1968 when women machinists at Dagenham, Ford’s largest plant in the UK, were reclassified unskilled and their pay was reduced. They did shut down the plant; they did meet with Minister Barbara Castle, Labour’s ‘Red Queen;’  and settlement of their strike did influence passage of Britain’s Equal Pay Act of 1970. Continue reading